One thing I've learned about canine photography is that it's messy. I get wet and muddy and that's not always because the dogs are excited and jumping on me. One of the major keys to getting a nice photo of a dog is getting down on their level. For many people this probably means just squatting down a bit. For me, it means, well, crawling around in the grass and dirt to get just the right angle.
Take this photo, for instance, of my friend's dog Nellie.
I absolutely adore this photo. It's crisp, the colors are beautiful, and it really shows off Nellie's lovely face, eyes, and her awesome personality.
So what did I look like while this photo was being taken? Well, Nellie's owner was nice enough to snap this photo.
So there ya go. Me crawling around on the (rather wet) grass to get photos of dogs. I think it was well worth it!